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The-Dream Heads To SA In Mandela-Inspired 'Black'

The-Dream heads to Langa Township, SA in the video for his Mandela-inspired "Black."


The-Dream heads to Langa (the same Cape Town locality where Solange shot) in the video for his all-encompassing anti-oppression song "Black." The visuals run through a collage of marchers from contemporary socio-political movements — Occupy Nigeria, FEMEN, Ukranian & Venezuelan protestors, Occupy Wall Street, LGBT activists —  standing up to an unnamed military force. The-Dream said that the song was inspired by Nelson MandelaAnd I'll never be Mr. Madiba/I'm gonna thank you next time I see you, he sings in the bridge, while also name-checking the likes of  Malcolm XMartin Luther King, Jr., and Marvin Gaye. It's a pretty broad and all-inclusive message against racism, classicism, political oppression & discrimination, but also a fairly powerful one. Watch the Daniel Sannwald-directed video for "Black" below.

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